Taught course

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE - Secondary

University of Worcester · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A relevant degree (2.2 or above) of the choice of subject you wish to teach in school. A degree related to subject for native speakers applying for Languages may not apply. Grade C in GCSE or equivalent in English language and mathematics. (The University of Worcester organises alternative examinations in these subjects for those without the appropriate certificates.) Students are expected to have visited a secondary school before the course starts. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. The NCTL requires all trainee teachers, prior to starting the course, to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach, to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)and have passed the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy. If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

The standard full-time course offers eleven subjects: Design and Technology (food and textiles); ICT /Computer Science; English; History; Maths; Languages, PE, Psychology, Economics with Business, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Religious Education.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Secondary PGCE graduates are some of the most employable in the country. Statistics from the NCTL show that 87% are working as teachers two years after graduation; the third best result in the country and 7% higher than the national figure.
Standard Course
The standard full-time course offers ten subjects with optional pathways in Special Educational Needs, Citizenship, English as an Additional Language (EAL) and a 14-19 (PE) for a small number of trainees. The ten subjects are: Design and Technology (food and textiles); ICT /Computer Science; English; History; Maths; Modern languages, PE, Psychology, Economics with Business, and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
We work closely with a range of local schools to help develop good practice. The course links school and university work to provide trainees with a secure background for their first teaching post. Throughout the year, blocks of time in school are interspersed with time in university. In total you will spend 120 days in school and another 60 at University. All trainees have to meet the requirements for ITT (Initial Teacher Training) set out by the Government in the Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (Qualifying to Teach).
We seek to provide trainee teachers with a good range of experience in two contrasting placements. Through careful, structured support, you will gradually develop your teaching skills.
We work with a wide range of partner schools and do our best to place trainees as near to home as possible for extended placements.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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What makes Secondary PGCE at Worcester special?

At Worcester we were born to teach. The institution was founded in 1947 as a teacher training college with a mission to ‘win the peace through education’.

An education that awakens curiosity and ignites the imagination has the power to last a lifetime. At Worcester, you can develop the skills and experience you will need to become an innovative teacher, inspiring others to think creatively about their own futures.

The PGCE for secondary education is a well-established and internationally respected route in to teaching. With a supportive environment in which to develop your craft, and excellent professional prospects for the future, you have the perfect platform from which to launch your career.

Key features

Unique opportunities to develop specialisms

Expert tuition rooted in classroom experience and professional knowledge and research

Supportive mentors throughout our partnership schools

Excellent job prospects

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Admissions Office
01905 855111
01905 855377